Because of the great fishing this summer, the members of the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club decided to close out the season with a bonus fish-out contest...a finny finale, you might say.
This time around, the contest's turnout was a bit light as 22 teams consisting of 51 individual anglers competed in the event.
On August 23, the contest's weigh-in took place at the Little Sioux Park to decide the bragging rights for the heftiest stringers of five catfish.
When the results were tallied up, first place honors were presented to the team of experienced catfish catchers Joe Redenius, Kellen Ludvigson, Chris Hansen and Justin Still.
Their stringer tipped the scales at an impressive 17 lb., 13 oz.
Second place honors went to the team of Darrell and Matthew Carter and Daniel Hollis for their 15 lb., 15 oz. five cats.
Third place was presented to the team of Wes Burkhart and Corey, Kate and Aaron Dose for their 10 lb., 11 oz. stringer.
Fourth place was hooked by the team of Greg Meister, Larry Hanner, Mark Morey and Matt Swisher for their five cats who weighed in at 10 lb., 2 oz.
The first five places received paid awards that tallied out to $53, $44, $35 and $26 respectively.
A side contest of the largest carp reeled in by an individual angler was also carried out during the marathon.
Eleven competitors signed up for this event but no carp were turned in during the weigh-in.
Unless the Little Sioux Fishing Club decides to host an encore fishing finale all-night catfish marathon rerun, this event will be the last club-sponsored contest of the summer.
It is estimated that 256 anglers making up 127 teams have competed in the four club-sponsored marathons this season.
This is in addition to the 56 fishermen who signed on for the marathons' largest carp contest.
The next red letter date on the Little Sioux Fishing Club's social calendar will be in early March when the club members host their annual awards night.